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Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News, and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

ARTICLES BY: Burak Bekdil


February 8, 2021 1:20 pm
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Islamism Is Stunting Turkish Academic Achievement

Turkey, with a population of 83 million and two Nobel Prizes won, ranks 62nd on the list of countries by Nobel laureates per capita. This...

January 31, 2021 3:25 am
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Turkey’s Democracy Is Wasting Away

Turkey’s Islamist leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has not lost a single election, be it presidential, parliamentary, municipal, or referendum, since he came to power...

January 25, 2021 5:23 am
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Will the Turkish Air Force and Erdogan Turn to Russia?

NATO’s second-biggest army had a deterrent air force both during and after the Cold War. In 2020, the Turkish Air Force (TuAF) was the world’s...

January 11, 2021 5:13 am
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Erdogan’s Reckless Gambit: It’s Payback Time

Only three days after Turkey’s Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan sighed with relief at having side-stepped heavy European sanctions, he got slapped with heavy American...

December 25, 2020 6:56 am
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Turkey’s Boycott Threats Are Preposterous

Turkey is a big market, so Ankara has a potentially powerful tool at its disposal with which to accomplish foreign policy goals. If 80 million...

December 10, 2020 6:12 am
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Erdogan’s ‘Please Sanction Me’ Challenge

Due largely to a blend of over-ambitious policy objectives, an assertive neo-Ottomanism, a newfound hard power as a means to augment soft power, and colossal...

November 25, 2020 6:36 am
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Many Turks Feel They Don’t Belong in Their Own Country

Turks have many good reasons not to be proud of their country’s current standing in terms of wealth, democracy, civil liberties, and justice. Turkey is...

November 16, 2020 7:18 am
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In the Mediterranean, a Tug of War Between Turkey and the West

David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, recently said: On...

November 11, 2020 6:52 am
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What Biden’s Victory Means for Turkey

From the first day of the US presidential race, media and pundits who support Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vocally supported the incumbent even though...

October 26, 2020 4:32 am
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Erdoğan’s Costly ‘Make Turkey Great Again’ Program

JNS.org - Turkey’s per capita income is barely $8,900. Its economy is suffering from double-digit inflation and unemployment rates. A quarter of Turkish youth is...

October 12, 2020 6:15 am
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Erdogan and His ‘Arab Brothers’

Neither the Ottoman nor the modern Turkish language has ever been short of racist proverbs denigrating Arabs and their culture. No more, said Recep Tayyip...

August 31, 2020 6:03 am
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Turkey: Radical Islamism’s Corrupted Symbolism

Turkey’s Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took yet another step toward undoing the secular legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, when...

August 28, 2020 9:24 am
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Erdogan’s Pathetic Response to Israel-UAE Peace Deal

These days, Turkey’s foreign policy calculus, especially when it involves matters surrounding Israel, appears to reflect the thinking of a fifth-grade schoolboy. "I don’t like...

August 12, 2020 5:22 am
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Turkey’s Generation Z: A Youth Challenge to Erdogan

Political scientists call them “Generation Z.” They are young Turks born around the turn of the millennium -- technically, those who were born in 1995...

Features

Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops

JNS.org - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens

JNS.org - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies

JNS.org - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

World

UK’s Union of Jewish Students Denounces ‘Absolute Failure’...

The UK's Union of Jewish Students (UJS) accused the University of Bristol of "neutrality and silence" over the conduct of...

Israel

Israel’s Environment Minister: Massive Oil Spill Was ‘Environme...

A massive oil spill off Israel’s coast last month that severely polluted its beaches was “environmental terrorism” committed by a...

Middle East

US Officials Have Met Yemen’s Houthis as Washington Seeks End to War:...

Senior US officials have held a first direct meeting with officials from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital, two...

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